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Chapter 41 

As Claire begins exploring a campaign of her own, she and Frank engage in backdoor political maneuvering. But this time they're not on the same side.

Director:

Tucker Gates

Writers:

Michael Dobbs (based on the novels by), Andrew Davies (based on the mini-series by) | 5 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
Mahershala Ali ... Remy Danton
Molly Parker ... Jackie Sharp
Neve Campbell ... Leann Harvey
Ellen Burstyn ... Elizabeth Hale
Cicely Tyson ... Doris Jones
LisaGay Hamilton ... Celia Jones
Lars Mikkelsen ... Viktor Petrov
Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant
Curtiss Cook ... Terry Womack
Reed Birney ... Donald Blythe
Mercedes Herrero Mercedes Herrero ... Director of National Intelligence
Delphi Harrington ... Louise
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Storyline

As Claire's mother works to raise funds in support of Frank's competitors, Frank reneges on his promise not to interfere in Claire's campaign and co-opts the State of the Union Address to endorse Claire's competitor. Viktor Petrov's heavy handedness and growing paranoia further cloud his relations with the President. Written by David Foss

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2016 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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When Claire is choosing between the black outfit and the ivory outfit, she picks the ivory outfit off of the bed and holds it up to look at it. When she lays it down, she folds it over in half leaving the neck, with the hanger, towards the edge of the bed. In the next scene, the ivory outfit is laying flat on the bed, unfolded, with the neck and hanger in the middle of the bed, now facing away from the bed's edge. See more »

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[first lines]
Elizabeth Hale: He is a classless, graceless, shameless barbarian.
Woman#1: What he did to you, Elizabeth, it was disgusting.
Woman#2: Awful.
Woman#3: Just vile.
Woman#4: Can you pass the plate of - Yeah.
Woman#3: But why didn't you tell us? The thought of you fighting this alone, all those years.
Elizabeth Hale: I didn't want pity.
Woman#2: Is it true that they were arguing?
Elizabeth Hale: No, she came down here to be with me. Of course, we didn't expect that it was gonna be made a public display. I guess he thought that was the best way to dispel the rumors.
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"He is a classless, graceless, shameless barbarian"
24 September 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

"Chapter 40" was a very promising start to Season 4 of 'House of Cards', doing very well in its purpose to setting things what is to come and in making one dying to see more. It was a little unbalanced on the political and personal elements of the story, with a little too much of the latter, but a vast majority of what made 'House of Cards' such a great show in its prime was there in the episode.

This second episode "Chapter 41" is even better, as expected, building upon what was starting to be set up in the previous chapter and advancing it, like one sort of expects when a season moves forward rather than it feeling like filler. It further makes the newly introduced story elements and new characters interesting and has a better balance of political and personal, with more of a focus on the former rather than the personal lives dominating a little too much (a mistake with the previous episode).

It may slightly lack the tension and emotion of the very best episodes, but there is not really that much wrong here.

Visually, the slick style is here as is the class. The music is a good complement and the direction is alert, providing the necessary tension with Petrov, yet has breathing space in the necessary moments. The political elements here are sharp and have bite and edge, with Petrov managing to do the impossible in being more ruthless to a malevolent degree than Frank (and Frank is bloodthirsty-ruthless here), proving to be more than a match for him and Frank has to do a lot to come close to him. The more personal aspects don't dominate and intrigue just as much, one of the best lines coming from Elizabeth when talking about Frank and summing him up perfectly. The dialogue reflects all of that, and do agree that Frank's speech is incredible (some of his best writing in a while).

As for the acting, that's on point too. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are dynamite as always, while Lars Mikkelsen relishes playing the increasingly malevolent Petrov and Ellen Burstyn again is a scene stealer, particularly fantastic in the scene where Claire threatens to sell the house.

Summing up, wonderful. 9/10


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